Tiny City Made Of Ashes
Modest Mouse Lyrics


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We're goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes
Gonna hit you on the face gonna punch you in your
Glasses, oh no!

I just got a message that said "Yeah hell is freezin' over"
I Got a phone call from the Lord sayin' "Hey boy get a
Sweater. Right now"
So we're drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' coca-coca-cola
I can feel it rollin' right on down
Oh right on down my throat
And as we're headed down the road towards tiny cities
Made of ashes

I'm gonna get dressed up in plastic gonna shake hands
With the masses, oh no!
Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way

Were goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes
I'm goin' to hit you on the face I'm goin' to punch you in your
Glasses, oh no!

I'm wearin' myself a t-shirt that says "The world is my ashtray"
Our hearts pump dust and our hairs all gray
And I just got a message sayin' that hell has frozen over
Got a phone call from the Lord sayin' "Hey boy get a
Sweater. Right now!"

Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way

Were drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' coca-coca-cola
I can feel it rollin' right on down oh right on down my throat
And as we're headed down the road towards tiny cities
Made of ashes

I'm gonna lay down in the spa where they coat you
In molasses, oh no!





Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Modest Mouse's song "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" contain a haunting and foreboding warning about the consequences of our actions as humans. The reference to "tiny cities made of ashes" could be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger cities we live in and the destruction we bring upon ourselves and the environment. The line, "I just got a message that said 'Yeah hell is freezin' over'," could be interpreted as a hint of the impending doom that awaits us if we continue along this path of destruction.


The imagery used throughout the song is dark and unsettling, with references to punching someone in their glasses, getting dressed up in plastic, and laying down in molasses. These seemingly random images could be interpreted as a way of emphasizing the absurdity of our actions as humans and how we often find ourselves trapped in a cycle of destruction and decay. The repeated question, "Does anybody know a way that a body could get away?" suggests a sense of hopelessness and resignation to our fate.


Overall, "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" is a powerful and thought-provoking song that urges us to take a closer look at the world around us and the impact we are having on it. Through its haunting imagery and ominous warning, it serves as a wake-up call for all of us to take action before it's too late.


Line by Line Meaning

We're goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes
We are traveling towards destroyed cities that are now nothing but debris, ash and wastes.


Gonna hit you on the face gonna punch you in your Glasses, oh no!
I will aggressively retaliate and hit you in retaliation for your actions, which will involve damaging your glasses.


I just got a message that said "Yeah hell is freezin' over"
I have received news that is impossible or unbelievable, such as the metaphorical idea that even hell is freezing over.


I Got a phone call from the Lord sayin' "Hey boy get a Sweater. Right now"
I received advice (that is not to be taken literally) from someone in authority that I need to prepare for a change in environment by getting a sweater.


So we're drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' coca-coca-cola
We are consuming a lot of Coca-Cola, an activity that may be a symbol for taking little else useful from life except the sweet, addictive drink.


I can feel it rollin' right on down Oh right on down my throat
I am deeply enjoying the sensation of drinking Coca-Cola as it moves down my throat and is absorbed by my body.


And as we're headed down the road towards tiny cities Made of ashes
As we move closer towards what used to be great cities, we recognize that now they are just remnants of what they once were.


I'm gonna get dressed up in plastic gonna shake hands With the masses, oh no!
I plan to go to large crowds and try to fit in by wearing plastic clothes, despite not wanting to be just another face in the masses.


Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Is there any escape, any way that someone could leave their current circumstances and find a new path forward?


Our hearts pump dust and our hairs all gray
We are all aged and desensitized by life and its troubles, ever pushing past the point of standing still or making strides forward.


I'm wearin' myself a t-shirt that says "The world is my ashtray"
I am wearing a shirt with a provocative statement which implies that the world should be used as a vehicle for personal destruction and self-gratification.


I'm gonna lay down in the spa where they coat you In molasses, oh no!
In an ironic twist, someone plans to go to a spa and cover themselves in sugary molasses, taking a situation that is customarily associated with cleaning and making it into something sticky and incredibly messy.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK, JEREMIAH GREEN

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Comments from YouTube:

Becca Leslein

Their best song to experience live, for sure. They play it at every concert and change it up every time. Just amazing 😍

Michael Chicagz

Saw them in Montreal in like 2015 and they opened with this ! Did not see that coming haha

Snorkel Dawg

They played this in Glasgow and it was totally different you’re right

Jo B

For an an entire year before Moon and Antarctica came out, I had this burned CD that was made of live recordings of most of the songs that were to end up on M&A. I also saw them three times before the record finally came out, so I was so used to hearing live versions of the songs. When M&A finally came out, I was just flabbergasted at how different all the songs were. I hated it at first but then it grew on me.

itaintmebabe714

My brother showed me this song. I instantly loved it and we blasted it all night while we were drunk and high and happy. Miss you bro. R.I.P

Alex Cash

Can’t believe Modest Mouse invented ASMR; true pioneers

skrtchy

my sister would sing this song to me when i first got glasses. she took that one line to heart, let me tell you.

Sameer Iyengar

shoutout to the bassist for giving us a groove with only 4 notes

T.J. Meechan

Made me want to play bass

Josh Karosis

5 notes lol

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